Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis welcomed India’s Secretary of Commerce and Industry Rahul Khullar this morning at the start of the seventh session of the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, offering opening remarks to encourage a productive and cooperative meeting.
The U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum was established in 2005 to encourage continuing, high-level engagement on trade and investment issues between the United States and India with a view to resolving commercial disagreements as expeditiously as possible. The Forum covers wide-ranging areas of interest to firms and workers in both countries, including agriculture, investment, services, and tariff and non-tariff barriers. This week’s Forum will focus on unjustified import restrictions maintained on U.S. agricultural products, progress toward the opening of the Indian retail sector to foreign ownership, addressing trade-restrictive telecommunications regulations, local content requirements for solar projects, and compulsory licensing and other patent-related issues.
Ambassador Marantis delivers opening remarks at the 2010 U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum